A car bomb exploded near the U.S. military base in northern Iraq on Tuesday.

Eleven Iraqis were killed and 26 were wounded in the explosion, an Interior Ministry (search) source told The Associated Press.

The blast occured around 9 a.m. outside the gates of the 1st Infantry Division's (search) forward operating base, Summerall, in the town of Beiji (search), which is 155 miles north of Baghdad, press spokesman Capt. Bill Coppernoll said.'

He could not confirm the number of casualties.